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b: 26 May 1904 r:
25 Jul 1956
d: 3 Mar 1974
– 10 Jun 1954, MA.
Off: 29 Oct
1925, Fg Off: 29 Apr 1927,
Flt Lt: 14 May 1930, Sqn Ldr: 1
Dec 1936, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1940,
(T) Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1941, Wg
Cdr: 14 Apr 1942 [1 Jan 1940],
Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, Act A/Cdre:
xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1949.
Apprentice, No 2 School of Technical Training, RAF Cranwell.
Flight Cadet, RAF College.
Oct 1925: Pilot, No 7 Sqn.
Mar 1928: QFI, No 2 FTS.
Aug 1929: Attended Aircraft Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.
Attended Cambridge University
Oct 1933: Engineering Officer/Instructor?, School of Technical Training (Men).
Oct 1934: Engineering Officer, Aircraft Depot, India.
Mar 1937: Officer Commanding?, No 27 Sqn. (Wapiti)
Aug 1937: Flight Commander, No 215 Sqn. (Virginia X)
Jan 1938: Attended RAF Staff College.
Jan 1939: Air Staff, Directorate of Training.
xxx 1940: Staff, Deputy Directorate of Technical Training.
Served in Bomber Command.
Served in Egypt.
Officer Commanding, RAF Bridgnorth.
AOC, RAF Record Office.
AOC, No 62 Group.
AOA, No 205 Group.
AOC, No 205 Group.
On completion of his apprenticeship at Cranwell, he
was awarded a scholarship to the RAF College, which he represented at Fencing
and was awarded the Abdy Gerrard Fellows Memorial Prize.
Joined the RAF as R Costa, changed name to Coats in 1943, (see below).
From 1958 until 1965 he worked for ICI/ICT?
“NOTICE is hereby given that ROWLAND COSTA, of " Todslake "
Silsoe in the county of Bedford a Group Captain in His Majesty's Royal Air Force
and a natural born British subject resident in the United Kingdom on the date of
the coming into force of Regulation 20 of the Defence (General) Regulations 1939
intends after the expiration of 21 days from the publication of this notice to
assume the surname of Coats.—Dated the 7th day of October, 1943.”
(London Gazette – 12 October 1943)
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